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Latest Trend in Spam: Zodiac Rings

August 21st, 2008

spam.jpgEarly this morning I found an annoying but interesting email in my Spam folder under the subject of “Zodiac Rings”. The text was displayed in a purple color and according to the header details was sent to “sales(at)karlonia.com”. In reality, I have no such email address, yet somehow this mail found its way to my actual address anyway.

As for the content, it appears that some dodgy marketer from India is trying to sell us on the idea that we can gain special powers and be more successful by wearing a certain kind of ring that is produced according to our astrological signs. It seems that our intrepid spammer has not learned how to target his advertising very well, for I do not even believe in religion, much less this pseudoscientific astrology garbage. Nevertheless, if you’re desperate enough and have a lot more faith than I do, these magical powers can be yours for only 1500 rupees! Just make sure that you do not put the ring on your “tall middle finger”…

Hi,

Sub: Zodiac Rings

We would like to introduce ourselves as marketing associate of a leading manufacturer of Zodiac Power Rings based in India.

Tension and stress is a common feature in a man’s life all over the globe. Competition is seeping into day-to-day life as if it is a loaf of bread that we eat daily. In such an age it is important that we continue to believe in ourselves come what may. Zodiac Power Rings are successfully doing that for you in an easy, convenient and affordable manner.

Zodiac Power Rings are composed of Panchadhatu or five metals namely Gold, Iron, Zinc, Silver and Copper. They are formulated in a highly scientific and transparent manner. You can wear these rings based on your individual Zodiac Sign on any finger other than the tall middle finger. The first manufacturing unit of Zodiac Power Rings was started from Abdul Rehman Street in a 300 Sq. Ft. area. The factory was shifted to 1000 Sq. Ft. area in Bhuleshwar. The third factory has recently started in Vasai region of Mumbai in a sprawling 3000 Sq. Ft. area with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. The five metals namely Gold, Silver, Iron, Zinc and Copper are purchased from the market. They are then purified till they reach the 100% purity level.

The entire manufacturing process is scientific. Say, for e.g. if you are a Capricorn, then there’s a separate table involving the proportion of Gold, Silver, Zinc, Copper and Iron. The high tide is a must at the time of manufacturing. In the case of Aries, the proportion, timing is different. It is the case with the rest of the Astrological Signs. After this they are melted, mixed, fermented, re-melted and refermented assiduously over a period of 15 days. This methodology enriches the composition of the mixtures of these rings with amazing powers. This power is all yours once you wear these rings costing a mere Rs. 1500/- in India and US $99 abroad. The Ring has to be worn according to your Zodiac/ Sun-sign on your right hand on any fingers other than the tall middle finger.

A successful person is never born that ways. He needs assistance from various quarters at every stage of his growth to sharpen the edges. But the hard work is entirely his/ her own. After all, it is a human mind that created a Computer out of sheer excellence and not the other way around.

You can be aided in this Life Mission by the mystical Panchloha Rings. And they can help you fulfill all your dreams.

And what’s more! They come back with a money-back guarantee.

Transparency and Accountability:

Each customer is given a bill while purchasing Zodiac Power Rings. The customers are given an open offer of returning the ring with an 80% refund guarantee if they don’t get the desired results. The salesman first makes the repayment and then asks for the reason behind the customer’s dissatisfaction. In many a cases the customer takes back the ring due to the good principles followed by the executives of Zodiac Power Rings.

No wonder, only less than 1% of Zodiac Power Rings are returned. The rejected rings are dismantled.

And yes, we do have a website. Write in to know more. We’ll send you a note or better still, call you!

Thanks and regards

Deepa.Surti

India Zodiac Rings
C-112, Govardhan Nagar
Borsapada Road, Kandivali West
Mumbai, India

IMPORTANT NOTICE: CONFIDENTIAL AND LEGAL PRIVILEGE
This electronic communication is intended by the sender only for the access and use by the addressee and may contain legally privileged and confidential information. If you are not the addressee, you are notified that any transmission, disclosure, use, access to, storage or photocopying of this e-mail and any attachments is strictly prohibited. The legal privilege and confidentiality attached to this e-mail and any attachments is not waived, lost or destroyed by reason of a mistaken delivery to you. If you have received this e-mail and any attachments in error please immediately delete it and all copies from your system and notify the sender by e-mail
To remove from the mailing list please reply to: deepa.soorti@gmail.com

These types of spams are especially annoying for me because they entice us with possibility of being removed from their mailing list by replying to the message. Another variation on this that I have seen frequently is when they say to reply with “REMOVE” or “UNSUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. However, after much previous experience with this kind of spam, I have found that most of the time what happens when you attempt to reply is that your email simply bounces with a “system delivery failed” message and you never have a real chance to unsubscribe.

Even in the minority of cases where the reply does not bounce, there is the risk that the spammer will interpret any replies as a signal that he has found another live email address, at which point he will be free to either send more spam or make a profit from your live address by selling it off to a third party. If the latter scenario occurs, you’ll likely wind up with even more spam from previously unknown entities as your email address gets passed around to all of the various spammer lists.

Finally, the last notable feature of this particular piece of spam is this “confidential and legal privilege” paragraph at the end. Although this caused me to pause for a second before publishing this, after a few moments of thought I realized that this is almost certainly as bogus as the rest of the message. As far as I know, there is no such thing as an automatic obligation of confidentiality from spam; the only way in which I would be legally bound to keep such information private is if I had signed some kind of non-disclosure agreement beforehand. But there was no such agreement here — I have never encountered this person before nor have I opted into his list.

If this was a legitimate marketer, there would be an unsubscribe link at the bottom where we could easily opt out of receiving future messages. The recipients are not supposed to have to go through the hassle of replying to each piece of spam just to get themselves removed from lists that they were never supposed to be on in the first place. Trying to intimidate me with this sort of legalistic gobbledygook is a good way to get “named and shamed” here at Karlonia, as one of my previous commenters aptly put it.


12 Responses to “Latest Trend in Spam: Zodiac Rings”

  1. comment number 1 by: SUBIR DUTTA

    I WANT TO USE THIS RING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I GET IN. I LIVE IN KOLKAT, WEST BENGAL, INDIA. MY CELL NO. IS 9432131560,

  2. comment number 2 by: Laxmikant y Shinde

    I WANT TO USE THE RING,PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I GET IN I LIVE IN MUMBAI GRANTROAD INDIA MY CELL NO,IS 9892244133

  3. comment number 3 by: Radhakrishnan

    Dear Sir,
    I had bought your Zodiac ring (Pieces birth sign) in 2003.But after prolonged use for 5 years it got worn out and got broken last year. I am not able to use the ring anymore.I am going to my native place kerala next month and I am interested to buy a new ring. So I would like to know where this ring is available in kerala and also let me know the present cost of this ring. Further I would also like to know whether I can make use of my old ring in any way.

    Thanking You,

    Yours Truly,

    Radhakrishnan

    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  4. comment number 4 by: HARISH MAITHIL

    I WANT TO USE THIS RING, PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I GET IN. MY DOB IS 21-01-1972 & TIME- 22:05 PLACE- BHOPAL (M.P.) I LIVE IN BHOAPL,M.P, INDIA. MY CELL NO. IS 9300132629,

  5. comment number 5 by: ANEESH AHMAD ANSARI

    Dear Sir,
    I want to use the ring so i am interested to buy the ring. I would like to know where this ring is available in Bhopal(MP) or Delhi and also let me know the present cost of the ring .

    Name: Aneesh Ahmad Ansari date of birth 18th March 1981 (Wednesday) at 4:45 pm Allahabad (UP)

    So please give me the address on my e-mail id : anis_ansari2001@yahoo.com

    Just I am waiting your mail
    Thanking You

  6. comment number 6 by: ANEESH AHMAD ANSARI

    Dear Sir,
    I want to use the ring so I am interested to buy the ring. I would like to know where this ring is available in Bhopal or Delhi and also let me know the present cost of this ring.
    Aneesh Ahmad Ansari date of Birth 18, March 1981 at 4:45 Allahabad (UP)
    So Please give me the address on my e-mail: anis_ansari2001@yahoo.com
    Just I am waiting your response
    Thanking You

  7. comment number 7 by: sanna

    Hello,
    I’m from Fiji Islands capricorn,I need to buy a sapphire ring. what would be the cost.
    mystical Panchloha Rings would be fine.

  8. comment number 8 by: sharad

    Dear Sir,

    I want to use the ring so i am interested to buy the ring. I would like to know where this ring is available in Nagpur Maharastra,and also let me know the present cost of the ring,and which finger and hand to be worn .

    zodiac sign :- Leo (July 24 - Aug 23)

    Name: Sharad Date of birth:-11th AUG 1975

    So please give me the address on my e-mail id : sharad_vr@in.com

    Just I am waiting your mail
    Thanking You

  9. comment number 9 by: naila

    i want to buy Zodiac power rings and want to know where in New Delhi is it available?
    please send me the address on my e-mail id : nailafly@hotmail.com

    please reply as soon as possible
    thanks.

  10. comment number 10 by: Sukanta Mallick

    I lived in Kolkata, I want to buy Zodiac Ring.

  11. comment number 11 by: Subhajit Sarkar

    I want to buy Zodiac Power Ring. I belongs to Virgo. What is the cost of the ring? Please let me know how can I collect it. I shall be at Kolkata on 9th March 10 and will be available at Prituria Street.
    I am awaiting for your kind reply.
    subhajit
    Tripura

  12. comment number 12 by: satyajit mondal

    can i got the ring via post

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